PYB Blog

Archive for the ‘Gadget’ Category

  1. 7 Festival Essentials this Summer

    7 Festival Essentials this Summer

    Glastonbury Festival at night

    Glastonbury Festival

    The arrival of June means the UK festival season is about to go into full swing with festivals coming thick and fast, from Parkilfe & Field Day at the beginning of June all the way through to Bestival in September. Below we’ve listed some items (apart from the obvious like tents/wellies) that we see as essential to ensuring you maximise your festival experience.


    Portable charger

    According to Twitter’s top trends, 2014 was the year of the selfie but so far that trend hasn’t showed any sign of slowing. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram can be a massive drain on the battery so don’t get caught out this year. Portable chargers have really come on and you can pick up a decent one, which can charge your phone from dead up to 4 times for around £20 if you look in the right places. This will allow you to take all the photos and selfies you can manage without running out of juice.



    If you’re going to Benicassim or another festival where you’re guaranteed sun then you can ignore this. However for everyone else staying in the UK, don’t leave it up to the weather Gods. It doesn’t matter how ‘on point’ your festival outfit is, if it rains you’re going to be in trouble. Poncho’s are available in pound shops and come in loads of colours. They weigh next to nothing, they’re reusable, cheap and actually work pretty well. Plus these guys look pretty cool, right?

    Poncho Powerrangers

    Poncho Power Rangers

    A decent backpack

    A good backpack can really make all the difference, especially if you’re at a festival like Glastonbury where you’re going to be lugging around your alcohol all weekend. A backpack with good strapping and padding will allow you to get stuck in all weekend without spending the entire of next week in pain and looking like a hunchback. Whilst a decent backpack might not be the most stylish, trust me you’ll thank us later.


    Wet Wipes

    These may sound an obvious choice but we’ve put them on the list as a final reminder as you do NOT want to forget these. Whether it’s cleaning a particularly vile long drop, removing make up or just general cleanliness these are an absolute must and likely to be your newest BFF for the weekend.


    The numbers of everyone you’re with

    This may sound an obvious one but one of the most beautiful things about festivals is it brings people together and new bonds will undoubtedly be forged. Secondly a lot of people take a festival phone to festivals as they don’t want to lose their smartphone. Make sure you’ve got all your mates’ numbers as someone is more than likely to get lost at some point during the weekend. No-one wants to spend the weekend alone so make sure it’s not you by getting everyone’s number early doors.


    Festival Underwear (Boys – Sorry girls)

    These are a thing, trust us. If you don’t believe us just google it. They’ve been designed to be light, breathable but also store all your valuables securely meaning you can just switch off and enjoy the show. There’s a few different types available on the market and appear be growing in popularity every year. Definitely worth checking out.


    Gadget Insurance

    The chances of you losing or breaking your phone/watch or iPad (yes we’ve seen people take iPad’s to festivals) during a festival is quite high. Protect yourself and your valuables with our gadget insurance here. Why take the chance – Take out a policy and have a stress free weekend knowing we’ve got your back

    Enjoy, The PYB Marketing Team



  2. Spooky Apps

    Halloween Pumpkins

    Halloween is upon us, and if you’re a fan of the scary, gory or downright terrifying, then you’ll more than likely enjoy the range of spooky apps out there at the minute. If you’re not sure of where to start with the multitude of chilling options available, we’ve collected a variety of them for a truly haunting Halloween.


    With TV shows such as The Walking Dead being as popular as they are, zombie-themed apps are all the rage at the minute. For a more suspense-filled type of experience, Zombies, Run! is great for getting the adrenaline pumping, all the while improving your fitness. The exercise app allows you to immerse yourself in a zombie invasion story, while running at your own comfortable pace. The story unfolds including your own music, with the option to include fast-paced chases for a more intense workout. You can use it outdoors or in – there’s nothing like the threat of impending zombies to get you motivated for a run!

    If you’re just looking to get into the spirit of Halloween without the rigorous exercise, with The Walking Dead Dead Yourself app, you can upload an image of yourself and watch as you transform from living, breathing human, to dead, festering zombie in a matter of seconds. You can even add props to the image for a more (un)life-like result.


    For those that are fans of classic horror, iDrakula is sure to be a hit. Cleverly created, this app is a modern version of Bram Stoker’s original novel. Retold mostly through email, voicemail and text, the story is given an eerily familiar platform on which to tell the story of the mysterious Count. Although the app appears to only be available in the US at the minute, it’s certainly one to be aware of. It is available to buy as a book here in the UK though, for those who can’t wait to get stuck in.


    For a more traditional Halloween-themed app, or for those who’d simply rather steer clear of the frightening festivities, try out Pumpkin Carver Plus. With the app, you can still get creative with lots of different pumpkin designs and ideas, without having to worry about cleaning up any remaining orange innards afterwards. The app is also handy if you have young children who’d like to have a go at it too.


    Now, this app certainly is not one for the faint-hearted. True Ghost Stories From Around The World provides a collection of haunting tales from all over the globe. You can submit your own chilling anecdotes, as well as get well and truly freaked-out by the photos, videos and whole library of ghoulish goings-on. Ideal for grown-up Halloween parties, you’re sure to be gripped with fear after hearing these turbulent tales!

  3. Apple Announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

    Apple announces iPhone 6, Watch, and… Pay?

    The wait is finally over, and – despite a few live-streaming technical hiccups – Apple unveiled two brand new devices and an intriguing new service to eager fans on September 9th. The announcement of the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus, were no surprise, and even the Apple Watch didn’t raise too many eyebrows – but Tim Cook saved the biggest announcement until last with Apple Pay.

    You can find out all about the specs and features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in our iPhone Timeline, which charts seven years of the iPhone’s evolution. While not a huge amount has changed from the 5S, the new phones boast bigger screens, sleeker profiles, and importantly they’ll come packing the shiny new iOS 8.0. Need to know if it will fit in your pocket? Try our printable full scale iPhone Size Guide.

    Meanwhile, the Apple Watch – which will be sold in a standard model, a sport-focused model and a luxury 18ct gold edition – does everything you’d expect a modern smartwatch to do, including fitness monitoring, text message viewing and hopefully telling the time. More excitingly, the watch is designed to work hand-in-hand with the company’s new “mobile wallet” service, Apple Pay – which means you could soon be paying for your shopping with a flick of the wrist.

    Described as “breakthrough contactless payment technology”, Apple Pay could well be a game-changer. Instead of rifling through your wallet for change or swiping a card, it lets users pay for goods and services simply by holding their iPhone (or Watch) near a contactless reader, initiating a balance transfer instantly and securely. It’s due to launch in the USA in October, though there’s no word yet on when it’s coming to the UK.

    Love them or hate them, Apple’s events are never less than thought-provoking – let us know what you thought of the announcements in the comments!

  4. iPhone 6 Size Guide

    iPhone 6 Size Guide – Will it fit in your pocket?

    iPhone 6 size guide

    When CEO Tim Cook announced the latest iPhone models earlier this week, many Apple fans were no doubt left in a quandary over the new, considerably larger-sized devices – the iPhone 6 comes sporting a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, with the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen an even larger 5.5 inches. With iPhone 5S already boasting a not insurmountable 4-inch display, both new models are significant upgrades on what came before.

    While there are obvious benefits to larger screens, the practicalities of lugging such a large device around with you will be alien to those who are repeat users of Apple products.

    To help those who are wondering whether the iPhone 6 Plus will fit into the pocket of their skinny jeans, or if their thumb will reach from the bottom to the top of the device, we’ve created this handy printable iPhone 6 Size Selector PDF guide. Simply print the PDF using the link below, cut out the device templates, and give them a try!

    Download our iPhone 6 Size Guide – Here. (Make sure you print it LANDSCAPE without fit to page selected).

    With the iPhone 6 now available to preorder, we hope this guide will help you to make the right choice. Don’t forget too that with our interactive iPhone Timeline guide, you can see how Apple’s flagship phone has evolved since it was introduced by Steve Jobs back in 2007.

  5. iPhone Through the ages: How much has it changed?

     It’s almost hard to believe there was ever a time before the Apple iPhone existed. There was however and this time was everything prior to June 2007.

    Since its launch, the iPhone has become a popular gadget in many households, and has become a life accessory rather than just a phone. The iPhone that we know and love today however isn’t how it all started out. The iPhone series has evolved over the last 8 years with a total of different 8 models being released and another due in just a matter of weeks. Below we take a look at the journey of the iPhone from the original to the much anticipated iPhone 6.


    iPhone (first generation)


    Origional iphone


    June 2007 “changed everything”, according to Apple. The revolutionary iPhone launched, and it was beautiful. The first generation iPhone was a revolutionary device and equipped with a multi-touch screen and only four physical buttons on the handset. Available in 4 GB or 8 GB, both models came with Wi-Fi, 128 MB of RAM and a 413mhz processor. The iPhone was a new concept, in that this device was an iPod, web browser and telephone all in one attractive little package. It was simple however compared to the iPhone of today. The headphone jack was recessed and the 2mpx camera was simple to say the least, in fact, it didn’t even support video. There was also no ability to send  multimedia messages such as photos or audio. Regardless of this, it was still a giant step in the right direction and people started to view their mobile as more than just a telephone device but instead as an everyday accessory.


Prices may change. Protect Your Bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Lifestyle Services Group Limited. Lifestyle Services Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 315245. You can check this on the Financial Services Register at or by calling 0800 111 6768.

Entries (RSS) | Comments (RSS) | Log in